Snowboarding Legend Tom Sims Passes Away  from sudden cardiac arrest.

Tom Sims‘ accomplishments speak for themselves. A true pioneer, Tom brought forward thinking concepts and innovations that forever changed the landscape of the snow and skate industry. His constant quest for the deepest powder, the longest downhill paved road, and the smoothest wave has been, and always will be an inspiration to us all.”- Simssnow.com

Tom Sims PHOTO: James Cassimus

Tom Sims, snowboarding legend and pioneer, died yesterday, September 12, 2012 near his home at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Sims suffered sudden cardiac arrest. He was 61.

Sims is survived by his wife Hilary, sister Margie Sims Klinger of Santa Barbara, sons Tommy and Shane, daughter Sarah and step daughters Alexa and Kylie Wagner.

Sims built the first “skateboard for the snow” in 1963 and founded the SIMS® brand in 1976. He continued to revolutionize the sport of snowboarding for nearly four decades. Sims brought several industry firsts to the world of snowboarding including the first snowboard, first metal edge snowboard, first pro-model snowboard, first women’s specific snowboard and the first folding highback bindings. In addition to a lengthy list of podiums throughout his professional career, Sims was the primary snowboarding stunt double for “007″ Roger Moore in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. Throughout the years, he continued to be a driving force within Sims, leading the growth and progression of the brand.

The Sims family wishes for all memorial donations to be directed to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Online donations can be made in Sims honor here. The family will not be granting interviews at this time.

Tom’s accomplishments speak for themselves. A true pioneer, Tom brought forward thinking concepts and innovations that forever changed the landscape of the snow and skate industry.

Tom Sims, Terry Kidwell, Bob Klein, 1985 Photo Bud Fawcett

Terry Kidwell, Bob Klein, Tom Sims 1985. Photo Bud Fawcett

Tom Sims Snowboard Photo Slalom by Bud Fawcett

Tom Sims Snowboard Slalom Photo by Bud Fawcett

Tom Sims Snowboarding In James Bond 007 Movie

Tom Sims Snowboarding In James Bond 007 Movie A View To A Kill.

Tom Sims Snowboarding Photo Bud Fawcett

Tom Sims Photo Bud Fawcett

 

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